10 March 2016

0142 | Photo | SS-Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon 500



Operation "Knight's Move". Members of the 500th SS Parachute Battalion crawl beside the dead Partisans in a trench in Drvar. The photograph is a work of one of the best known German war photographers, Austrian Walter Henisch, famous for his unique and brutal shots from Russia and Yugoslavia. His works were also the theme of a two-month exhibition at the Vienna Museum, held in 2003 and 2004 under the title "Brutal Curiosity" and based on a conversation between the photographer and his son – in which, inter alia, he stated: "When I stand before a burning house and see people jumping out of the window – as a human – I feel terribly sorry. But – for me as a photographer – it presents a motif, and I, with a finger on the trigger, will stand, kneel or lie before it, and lurk. And my photographer brain will have nothing else in mind but the correct distance, accurate exposure time and the corresponding aperture." The brutal wartime photographs by Walter Henisch, who was presented in Vienna 60 years later as a cold-blooded, yet objective professional, used to be accompanied by sometimes even more brutal captions, filled with heavy (and by no means objective) political propaganda. This particular photo, which belongs to the series "The jump into the bandits' nest" (Tito's headquarters), was accompanied by the following text in the wartime press: "And so thousands and thousands of victims, in the Balkans alone, go to death for the goals of the communist-Jewish world plague." After the war, Henisch continued working as a photographer, in Vienna, but this time for the Socialist Party.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Walter Henisch.
Date: May 1944.
Location: Drvar, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: "The jump into the bandits' nest. [...]"

File source: "Slovensko domobranstvo" 2 (p. 15).

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Operacija "Potez skakačem". Pripadnici 500. padobranskog SS-bataljona puze pored mrtvih partizana u jednom rovu u Drvaru. Fotografija je delo jednog od najpoznatijih nemačkih ratnih fotografa, Austrijanca Valtera Heniša, koji se proslavio svojim jedinstvenim i brutalnim snimcima iz Rusije i Jugoslavije. Njegovi radovi su bili i tema dvomesečne izložbe u bečkom gradskom muzeju, održane 2003. i 2004. godine pod nazivom "Brutalna radoznalost" a zasnovane na razgovoru fotografa sa svojim sinom – u kojem je, između ostalog, izjavio: "Kada stojim pred zapaljenom kućom i vidim ljude koji iskaču kroz prozor – kao čoveku – meni je strašno žao. Ali – za mene kao fotografa – to predstavlja motiv, i ja ću, sa prstom na okidaču, pred njim stajati, klečati ili ležati, i vrebati. I moj fotografski mozak neće imati na umu ništa osim tačne razdaljine, preciznog vremena ekspozicije i odgovarajuće blende." Brutalne ratne fotografije Valtera Heniša, koji je u Beču 60 godina kasnije predstavljen kao hladnokrvni, ali objektivni profesionalac, bile su praćene ponekad još brutalnijim natpisima, ispunjenim teškom (i nikako objektivnom) političkom propagandom. Ovu sliku konkretno, koja pripada serijalu "Skok u banditsko gnezdo" (Titov štab), u ratnoj štampi je pratio sledeći tekst: "I tako hiljade i hiljade žrtava, samo na Balkanu, odlaze u smrt za ciljeve komunističko-jevrejske svetske kuge." Posle rata, Heniš je nastavio da radi kao fotograf, u Beču, ali ovog puta za potrebe Socijalističke partije.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Valter Heniš.
Datum: maj 1944.
Mesto: Drvar, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: "Skok u banditsko gnezdo. [...]"

Izvor fajla: "Slovensko domobranstvo" 2 (str. 15).

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